Ebola spreads 200 km west to remote, militia-run Congo province

by Reuters
Monday, 19 August 2019 09:35 GMT

(Corrects location of place to Walikale province, not Walikale town)

GOMA, Congo, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Congolese authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled province of Walikale, hundreds of kilometres away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred, the Health Ministry said overnight.

Pinga, where the case was reported, lies about 150 km (about 95 miles) northwest of Goma, one of the towns affected by the Ebola epidemic, and much further away from the epicentre of the epidemic in Butembo and Beni.

The ministry also confirmed a third case in South Kivu region, more than 700 km (430 miles) south of where the first case was detected. (Reporting by Fiston Mahamba and Djaffar al Katanty; Writing by Tim Cocks Editing by Alison Williams and Frances Kerry)

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